The award-winning vocal group, who have been making music since , are excited about this new chapter in their career and shared what they thought has changed since they first began. Of course there were positive and negative 10 and 12 years ago too. Their new album, Called , released last week, is filled with lyrics loaded with faith and encouragement. They are desperate for hope. During their 10 year sabbatical, Greg and Janna Long worked as worship leaders at their home church. Now, they're excited about getting back on the road and creating new music. God continues to be gracious and I am forever grateful. The new Avalon record features a collection of catchy tracks including the title track, an upbeat first single titled "Keeper of my Heart," along with the songs, "If Not For Jesus," "Sacred Ground," "Closer," and "Glitter and Glory. Except for the fact that we all have so much more to say now. If anything, the more life lived and more lessons learned, the more able we are to love others and extend the love of Christ to those who need it most.
Avalon is an American contemporary Christian vocal quartet. The group has earned multiple RIAA -certified gold records. However, another artist, Michael Passons , caught his attention, and Passons was the first of the group's founding members. Rikk Kittleman and Tabitha Fair became part of the group, but each left after a short time. Cherie Paliotta Adams replaced Hassman after one of Avalon's co-managers listened to a country music demo tape recorded by Adams. Though country is not a genre Avalon performs in, executives chose Adams as they believed she would be a perfect fit. In , it won the Concert Artists Guild Competition. Grant suffered a fatal head injury during a soccer game in early July Cherie departed the group to pursue a solo ministry geared toward single women, and in September , she was replaced by Melissa Greene, Janna's other fellow former bandmate of the now disbanded group Truth. It was the last album to include founding member Michael Passons: the Avalon member known as 'Father Avalon' left only months after the album's release in summer to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Janna's husband, Greg Long.
Longtime Avalon aficionados and new fans alike are sure to enjoy and be empowered by the songs featured in this collection including the title track, "Called," the upbeat first single, "Keeper of my Heart," "If Not For Jesus," "Sacred Ground," "Closer," and "Glitter and Glory," just to name a few. I am so very proud of them and this record! This music will inspire, encourage and challenge you. I am humbled that they would allow me to be a part of their amazing next step. Great music from a great artist Anthems of faith, songs of worship and joy fill this project and I know this music will fill the hearts of those who listen.
Everyone at Red Street Records is thrilled to be a part of this release! Greg Long states: "To be the first artist and record released on Red Street Records means so much to us. The passion Jay and Don have for this project is heard song after song in the attention to production and detail for getting it exactly right.
We are forever grateful! Greg states: "Having original member Jody McBrayer come back to the group has been a true blessing. It is felt in not only adding his amazing voice but his sense of humor and passion for sharing the love of Christ. And, Dani, oh my goodness, our fans have welcomed her with open arms. She has added a new level of excitement to the group and we love having her! The group is excited to see long-time friends and new faces. Janna Long states: "We are so incredibly grateful to those who have stuck with us for so long, It truly amazes us as we see and hear from them on social media and in our live concerts.
We cannot thank you enough for listening and showing us your support as we worship our Lord as his family. We truly are brothers and sisters in Christ. When you hear the name Avalon, you may think of one or more of their number one hits like: "Adonai," "Can't Live a Day" or "Testify to Love" — just to name a few.
However, there is much more to this dynamic vocal foursome than meets the eye. The collective desire of every member is to deliver a message of hope and ultimate love, freely offered from Jesus Christ, and to blatantly declare their devotion to Him through the words of every song they sing.
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